via Latest: Zim Asset must be elastic – Mujuru | The Herald January 9, 2014
Acting President Joice Mujuru said on Thursday the government must be flexible and take up new ideas as it implements the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset) to ensure it encompasses all areas critical in driving economic development.
Zim Asset, which will be implemented up to 2018, is the new economic blueprint adopted to give the Government and other stakeholders direction in an attempt to beat stagnation and boost economic performance to improve the livelihood of the people.
The blueprint targets to achieve economic growth averaging six percent till 2018.
Acting President Mujuru, who was addressing mourners at the burial of national hero Lieutenant Colonel Harold Chirenda at the National Heroes Acre, said Zim Asset should accommodate other areas which were left out as key pillars.
The late Chirenda died on New Year’s Day after a short illness.
Under Zim Asset, the Government has identified four major pillars the nation will focus on to rejuvenate economic performance namely food security and nutrition, social services and poverty eradication, infrastructure and utilities as well as value addition and beneficiation.
But Acting President Mujuru said her recent interactions with young Zimbabweans had revealed that other crucial areas such as information and communication technologies (ICTs) as well as banking and finance had been left out.
“We certainly must give thought to such feedback and see how Zim Asset can be made elastic enough to accommodate these two key enablers, or any other areas viewed as critical,” she said.
“Zim Asset has to be a living tissue.”
Acting President Mujuru said the new economic blueprint would only be able to achieve set objectives if Zimbabwe joined hands and worked together.
“Zim Asset is a call to you and me, to all of us as Zimbabweans to put shoulder to the wheel, so we recover our economy and grow it for the prosperity of all our people,” she said.
Top objectives of Zim Asset include growing the economy and creating employment.
But observers say lack of funding to drive implementation of the blueprint would be the biggest obstacle in the attainment of its objectives.